|One of the few photos of me driving...look, I'm actually smiling!|
|Cycling along the Canal in Montreal|
Now, before you think I am being an overly defensive "cyclist", please understand that this distinction applies to when I am a walking, on the bus or skytrain or driving a car as well. I cannot count the number of times I have been honked at while crossing the street with my children because I was going too slow at a crosswalk, or because I insisted on driving the speed limit when behind the wheel of a car. I have even been pushed aside trying to get on a bus or skytrain with and without my children. I strongly believe that if we took a moment to really think about who it is we are being so confrontational towards, whether we ourselves are walking, riding a bike, on public transit or in a motor vehicle, perhaps many conflicts could be avoided. I am by no means perfect, and have called people "ignorant motorists" in the past, or told other "cyclists" that they are giving the rest of us a bad name for their silly behaviour. But what is important is to try and remember these people all have lives outside of their transportation choices. They have families, friends, people who care about them and would be very sad if one of these conflicts caused them physical or emotional harm.
|On the skytrain w/ a bike|
|My babies and I on Mother's Day in Port Moody,|
travelled to by bus.